[development] low hanging fruit for Drupal 6: variable defaults

Gabor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Thu May 3 17:49:29 UTC 2007

Indeed, it will still help manual editing of some common variables, so 
feel free to go for it.


Wim Leers wrote:
> But nevertheless it would be a good "administration usability" 
> improvement, and easy to implement.
> Wim
> On May 3, 2007, at 18:34 , Gabor Hojtsy wrote:
>> Larry Garfield wrote:
>>> As long as we're mucking about in the variable system, the cache 
>>> system recently introduced a "serialized" flag to specify if a given 
>>> value needs to be serialized or not.  (I believe the default was 
>>> object/array = serialize else don't bother.)  That saves the 
>>> unserialization time on a string or int.  Given that the variable 
>>> table is loaded completely on a page load, I think the same thing 
>>> could work here to reduce the amount of deserialization required.  I 
>>> dare say half of the stuff stored there, probably more, is just ints 
>>> and strings that don't need to be serialized.  (And it would make 
>>> manually setting clean URLs off easier, a common support request. 
>>> <g>)  I'm not sure how that impacts the registry/install question, 
>>> but consider that a feature request while you're at it.
>> Larry, variables are loaded from the cache table as one big blob, and 
>> deserialized in bootstrap time. The code is in variable_init() and it 
>> does try a cache_get() first. This makes it indepenent of how the 
>> variables table is structured.
>> Gabor

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